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Weekly Trench Summary

Week 6

Area C

Trench 1

25 June 2005

The excavation of trench C1 during this last week of excavation focused on finishing tracing the extent of mud brick walls 1111 and 1110 and then tracing and removing the pebble surface (L1117) that ran below wall 1111.

Originally L1117 pebble surface was thought to possibly be the base surface associated with walls 1111 and 1110. The surface consisted of pebbles, pottery and other cultural remains and stretched between the walls, covering the northern half of the trench. Then as we began to clean up L1120 on the western side of wall 1111 we started to come down on a similar pebble surface. Excavation of L1120 was stopped for the moment in order to remove L1117 using the Household Archaeology Protocol. Once this was accomplished and the fill below was straightened it became clear that L1117 continued below wall 1111 and therefore was probably the same surface as was coming up in L1120.

Also removed this week were the stone arc (L1116) at the western base of wall 1111 and its associated fill (1119). Lynn has looked at the pottery and has decided that all the pottery from that locus is middle Bronze Age. So we now think that even though the rest of the trench is moving into Early Bronze, this pit cut into earlier levels.

We then removed the two mud brick walls. A good amount of cultural material was retrieved from each wall, with a bronze pin from each being found as small finds. When removing the walls an attempt was made to determine exactly when the wall finished and fill began, but this ended up not being possible. I believe that the pebble surface 1117 was not more than 5cm below the wall, but this has not been substantiated through horizontal excavation. Perhaps next year with cleaning up the baulks for section drawing this will become clearer.

After removing the walls and cleaning up the fill locus 1120, we traced the extent of L1117 pebble surface. It did not quite reach the western baulk, but at its southern extent there were two large stones that appear to mark its southern boundary. There is a space between these two stones that might have served as an entry way to the surface or to another feature.

Surface 1117 was removed through HAP sampling methods and hopefully will provide interesting results. The rest of the trench is relatively flat, some slight lipping from the walls remain, and is ready to be closed. Hopefully next season I can excavate there again and continue down.

Descriptive Attribute Value(s)
Journal Type Weekly
Date 2005-06-25
Year 2005
Has note The purpose of the daily journal was to record the activities taking place in a trench each day. This included which loci were excavated, how and why loci were excavated and the ongoing impressions of the relationships among loci. It should be noted that journals record the actions, impressions and ideas of trench supervisors during the excavations. They are not, therefore, the final interpretations or syntheses of the emerging data.
Suggested Citation

JW. (2012) "C-1-2005-06-025-Weekly from Asia/Turkey/Kenan Tepe/Area C/Trench 1". In Kenan Tepe. Bradley Parker, Peter Cobb (Ed). Released: 2012-03-28. Open Context. <https://opencontext.org/documents/3488ea7d-cbf7-49cd-5179-3f5aaa5d3d5f> ARK (Archive): https://n2t.net/ark:/28722/k2cc1097m

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